Ecuador won't recognise rebel council

By Time of article published Sep 2, 2011

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Ecuador does not intend to recognise Libya's rebel national council as the new government in Tripoli, Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said Thursday.

“Of course not,” Patino said when asked about recognising the Transitional National Council, the rebel body that has taken control of Libya from strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

“We will not recognise this body,” he said. “We have to see what happens there; there is a lot of confusion.”

He added that “what is clear is that this sort of government, which right now is still weak, was made on the basis of a very clear foreign intervention.”

Patino said that this type of intervention by world powers could lead to the “disappearance” of many governments around the world if the scenario were repeated.

“We are not able to recognise this entity. We will analyse what happens in the future to take a decision,” he said.

Ecuador, which opposed the UN-backed intervention supporting the rebels, believes the situation underscores the need for “changes” in the way the United Nations operates, Patino said.

“Unfortunately, the (UN) resolutions have been used to justify a war of aggression aimed, ultimately at control of (Libya's) natural resources,” he said. - Sapa-AFP

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